# Improve Your Materials

Supplement or adapt your existing materials to better reflect the Standards; learn strategies to make your materials more effective and accessible for all students.

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## Addressing unfinished learning in the context of grade-level work

Not all unfinished learning should be treated the same way

## Emerging Effects from CCSS

A high school math teacher shares examples of student progress following CCSS implementation

## Don’t be afraid to ask…

Advice for where to ask--and find answers--to your education questions

## Designing Shifts-Aligned Interventions in the Math Classroom

Avoid common pitfalls when it comes to supporting students with unfinished math learning

## Four Best Practices for the Math Classroom

A math teacher shares lessons learned and alternative strategies he's discovered during his teaching career

## Designing Effective Homework

Best practices for creating homework that raises student achievement

## The Instructional Practice Toolkit: An Introduction

Learn how the Instructional Practice Toolkit can help teachers make connections between planning, instruction, and student outcomes.

## Creating a Feedback Culture

Using effective feedback to help students master their learning goals

## Blended Learning: The Station Rotation Model

Find out how a blended learning station-focused model can help you differentiate instruction and give ALL students the support they need to tackle grade-level work

## Unfinished Learning in Math: How Do You Address it?

The role of coherence in ensuring all students stay on grade level

## Supporting Excellence: Real Support for Teachers Starts With the District’s Curriculum

A new framework for developing and implementing clear district-wide support for teaching and learning

## Piloting the Instructional Practice Toolkit

Two curriculum specialists who piloted the professional learning resource share their experience

## Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals as an Educator

See how using this goal-setting structure can help you achieve content-focused goals during the school year

## Building Teacher Confidence through Content-Infused PD

Working with teachers to improve their understanding and use of curricular materials

## Creating Professional Learning for Eureka Math

Approaching year three of implementation, a math interventionist describes how her district has supported teachers in using the curriculum

## Designing content-infused, year-round professional learning in math

A math specialist illustrates the importance of providing ongoing professional development centered on quality programming.

## Finding Our Way in Fluency – A School’s Journey to Strengthen Math Fluency Instruction

A personal story of how educators built their knowledge of mathematics fluency from the ground up, and identified creative ways to help their students master fluency expectations

## Lessons Learned from a High School Mathematical Modeling Lesson

A high school algebra teacher creates a lesson to engage her struggling students through real-world application

Part 9

## Eureka Math – A View from Second Grade

An honest reflection on Eureka Math's strengths and challenges

Part 8

## A Third Grade Teacher’s Perspective on Eureka Math

What does Eureka look like in the classroom?

## 8 Questions About High School Math and STEM

A high school algebra teacher shares her thoughts on high school math myths and misconceptions

## What Really Counts When We Teach?

What should we look for in powerful classrooms?

## Demonstrating Conceptual Understanding of Mathematics Using Technology

Using free recording software to capture students’ solution methods and help teachers reflect on their instruction

## STEM Integration in Algebra: A Bridge to Opportunity

Relating mathematical thought processes to those in 21st Century careers

## Five Places for Trusted Resource Recommendations

Amid the sea of free online materials and digital applications, here are five places we’d start our search.

Part 7

## Empowering Primary Math Teachers

How one school moved from contention to ownership of their math curriculum

## Forming a United Whole – The Coherence Map

A K-12 STEM District Supervisor Explains How He Used the Coherence Map to Improve His District's Math Curriculum

## Lessons Learned after Teaching without a Textbook

A high school teacher explores the lessons learned after moving away from a textbook-based curriculum.

Part 6

## Math in Focus: The Search for an Aligned Math Program

One district’s implementation of a new elementary math program

Part 5

## Navigating the Spiral in Mathematics Textbooks

A classroom teacher and curriculum coordinator describe how they used the spiral design of their textbook to help them focus on creating coherent instruction.

Part 4

## Using an EdReports Review to Improve My Math Curriculum

A 5th grade teacher explains how she made small adjustments to improve the Everyday Math Curriculum after identifying its weaknesses.

## Pinterest: A Useful Tool for the Educator’s Toolbox

Learn how educators can use Pinterest to identify and collect high-quality instructional resources

Part 3

## Everyday Math Kindergarten Tips

A kindergarten teacher explains how she adapted some of the Everyday Math Daily Routines to challenge her students more.

## Strategies to Support Learners Who Are Below Grade Level

An experienced educator introduces different support methods to allow struggling students to engage with grade-level materials.

## Introduction to EdReports

Identifying excellence in instructional materials

Part 2

## Everyday Math: Small Routines Build Bigger Understanding

A Kindergarten teacher dives into Everyday Math and finds ways to make minor Routines into Major Work of the Grade practice

## Five APPS to Redefine your Math Class

Focusing on building a student-centered classroom through the integration of apps in the math classroom

## Putting Focus into Practice: The Case of Word Problems in Grades K–2

Standards co-author Jason Zimba explains how word problems can build understanding of addition and subtraction.

## The Rectangle Area Formula—How Does Your Curriculum Introduce It?

Standards co-author Jason Zimba unpacks the rectangle area formula and highlights problems with the way textbooks sometimes introduce the formula to students.

Part 6

## Digging Deeper into SMP 4 – Model with Mathematics

Learn the difference between modeling the math and modeling WITH math

Part 5

## Putting the Math Practices into Practice

A K-12 math team collaborated in creating tools about the practices to enhance understanding and planning

Part 4

## Digging Deeper into SMP 3 – Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others

A math teacher explains how to recognize math tasks that help students craft strong mathematical arguments

Part 5

## Unlocking the Power of Aligned Materials

How the Louisiana DOE is developing PD and looking for connections to help all districts maximize the impact of standards-aligned materials

Part 3

## Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively

A math teacher explains how well-designed materials can help students learn to deal with challenging math problems

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## Essential Knowledge for Adapting Math Instructional Materials

What do teachers need to know to make decisions about adapting math materials?

Part 11

## Supplementing Your Anchor Math Curriculum with Rich Tasks

A New York math specialist explains how he’s enhanced his school’s curriculum with tasks from Illustrative Mathematics.

Part 10

## Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

How building specific mathematical knowledge in teachers can strengthen classroom instruction

Part 9

## Creating a Conducive Environment for Teachers to Adapt Materials

An administrator’s guide to promoting teacher innovation

Part 8

## A More Powerful Teacher’s Guide

How administrators can help teachers sort through the clutter in today’s math textbooks

## Using Flashcards in Math

CCSS author Jason Zimba shares how he uses flashcards with his daughters.

## Decision-Making that Matters: 10 Ways Teachers Can Impact Curricular Decisions

A high school English teacher shares 10 ways classroom teachers can influence curriculum

## Top Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Math Materials

If you’re not satisfied with the quality and CCSS-alignment of your existing math materials, here are five tips to improve them.

Part 5

## Creating Full-Course Open Educational Resources (OER)

The K-12 OER Collaborative plans to create a year-long open educational resources curriculum.

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## SMP 1: Make Sense of Problems & Persevere in Solving Them

Well-designed materials help students tackle challenging math problems

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## Outcomes of the Adaptation Process

New case studies share a look at the process of adapting math and ELA materials

## Creating a Coherent Math Curriculum

The Coherence Map can help you uncover gaps in understanding and find resources to supplement your instructional materials.

Part 1

## The Standards for Mathematical Practice & Instructional Materials

What to look for in instructional materials that align to the SMPs

## The EQuIP Review Process and Rubric

Achieve created a rubric and review process to facilitate peer reviews

Part 4

## K-12 OER Collaborative’s Request for Proposals

Learn how the Collaborative is planning on creating and vetting materials.

Part 3

## Working Together to Create Open Educational Resources

The K-12 OER Collaborative is working to create Common Core-aligned resources

Part 4

## Collaborative Learning and Updating Materials

Developing a process for teachers to adapt instructional materials in mathematics

## Six Instructional Materials Articles You Should Be Reading

Keep up-to-date with the latest media coverage of instructional materials

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## What Needs to Change in Instructional Materials: Math

A panel of experts met to pinpoint the biggest problems with today’s math textbooks: here’s what they found

Part 1

## An Introduction to the Adapting Materials Project

The challenging, yet rewarding process of adapting instructional materials

Part 2

## Open Educational Resources in Action

Washington's work to identify OER and put them to use in classrooms

Part 1

## Introduction to Open Educational Resources

What are OER? Where can you find them? How should you use them?

## Using What You Have

An introduction to supplementing and adapting instructional materials